LIVING A CHRISTIAN LIFE : Repentance, the Sacrament of Penance, and the Struggle against Sin

LIVING A CHRISTIAN LIFE : Repentance, the Sacrament of Penance, and the Struggle against Sin

Introduction Many people have questions about the Sacrament of Penance. This list has been prepared in order to try to respond to the most common of them. It does not deal with questions about the actual structure of the Sacrament of Penance, which is described in the companion resource, “Guide to the Sacrament of Reconciliation.” …

Introduction Many people have questions about the Sacrament of Penance. This list has been prepared in order to try to respond to the most common of them. It does not deal with questions about the actual structure of the Sacrament of Penance, which is described in the companion resource, “Guide to the Sacrament of Reconciliation.” …

281 What is the Sacrament of Penance?  Penance is a Sacrament whereby the sins, whether mortal or venial, which we have committed after Baptism are forgiven.  282 Does the Sacrament of Penance increase the grace of God in the soul?  The Sacrament of Penance increases the grace of God in the soul, besides forgiving sin; we should, therefore, often go to confession.

281 What is the Sacrament of Penance? Penance is a Sacrament whereby the sins, whether mortal or venial, which we have committed after Baptism are forgiven. 282 Does the Sacrament of Penance increase the grace of God in the soul? The Sacrament of Penance increases the grace of God in the soul, besides forgiving sin; we should, therefore, often go to confession.

"I love you when you bow in your mosque, kneel in your temple, pray in your church. For you and I are sons of one religion, and it is the spirit." — Kahlil Gibran

"I love you when you bow in your mosque, kneel in your temple, pray in your church. For you and I are sons of one religion, and it is the spirit." — Kahlil Gibran

Idolum - The Sacraments of Penance

Idolum - The Sacraments of Penance

Fr. Z's blog, What Does the Prayer Really Say? is a wonderful commentary on the current happenings within the Catholic Church. I read it daily!

Fr. Z's blog, What Does the Prayer Really Say? is a wonderful commentary on the current happenings within the Catholic Church. I read it daily!

“The doctrine and practice of indulgences in the Church are closely linked to the effects of the sacrament of Penance.” (CCC 1471)

“The doctrine and practice of indulgences in the Church are closely linked to the effects of the sacrament of Penance.” (CCC 1471)

The Sacrament of Penance - Confession.  A very good Examination of Conscience: http://www.beginningcatholic.com/catholic-examination-of-conscience.html

The Sacrament of Penance - Confession. A very good Examination of Conscience: http://www.beginningcatholic.com/catholic-examination-of-conscience.html

A GUIDE TO THE SACRAMENT OF PENANCE

A GUIDE TO THE SACRAMENT OF PENANCE

Symbols: These pair of keys symbolize crisscrossed in the shape of an “X,” occasionally one of top of the other, is the most common symbol for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. The symbol originates with Jesus’ words to Peter, “I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven” (Mt 16:19a).

Symbols: These pair of keys symbolize crisscrossed in the shape of an “X,” occasionally one of top of the other, is the most common symbol for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. The symbol originates with Jesus’ words to Peter, “I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven” (Mt 16:19a).

Frequently Asked Questions about the Sacrament of Penance/Reconciliation/Confession - The Light Is On For You

Frequently Asked Questions about the Sacrament of Penance/Reconciliation/Confession - The Light Is On For You

"Sacraments 101: Penance" - Why do we have to confess our sins to a priest? Can't we just pray to God for forgiveness? If I sin but no one is affected then can I say, "no harm, no foul?"    The Sacrament of Penance (aka Reconciliation) is one of the healing sacraments, and celebrates the loving embrace of God when we turn toward him and away form our sins.

"Sacraments 101: Penance" - Why do we have to confess our sins to a priest? Can't we just pray to God for forgiveness? If I sin but no one is affected then can I say, "no harm, no foul?" The Sacrament of Penance (aka Reconciliation) is one of the healing sacraments, and celebrates the loving embrace of God when we turn toward him and away form our sins.

Dr. Scott Hahn presents the historical and biblical origins of the Sacrament of Penance (Reconciliation). He provides an important guide for new Catholics, a source of renewal for "old hands", and a challenge to all of us to deepen our relationship with Christ through regular use of the Sacrament of Penance.

Dr. Scott Hahn presents the historical and biblical origins of the Sacrament of Penance (Reconciliation). He provides an important guide for new Catholics, a source of renewal for "old hands", and a challenge to all of us to deepen our relationship with Christ through regular use of the Sacrament of Penance.

Penance and Reconciliation: Those who approach the "Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation" obtain pardon from God's mercy for the offense committed against him, and are, at the same time, reconciled with the Church which they have wounded by their sins and which by charity, by example, and by prayer labors for their conversion. [ CCC 1422 ]

Penance and Reconciliation: Those who approach the "Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation" obtain pardon from God's mercy for the offense committed against him, and are, at the same time, reconciled with the Church which they have wounded by their sins and which by charity, by example, and by prayer labors for their conversion. [ CCC 1422 ]

The effects of imperfect contrition (attrition) are not so great as those of perfect contrition. Imperfect contrition, which excludes the desire of sinning and includes the hope of pardon (this belongs to the sorrow necessary for the Sacrament of Penance), is the proximate disposition which the sinner must have if he is to be justified in the Sacrament of Penance. This is of faith.

The effects of imperfect contrition (attrition) are not so great as those of perfect contrition. Imperfect contrition, which excludes the desire of sinning and includes the hope of pardon (this belongs to the sorrow necessary for the Sacrament of Penance), is the proximate disposition which the sinner must have if he is to be justified in the Sacrament of Penance. This is of faith.

Alzheimer’s: Is it Good for the Soul?  What an opportunity - while we still have the presence of mind to seek absolution for our own transgressions.    On this, Divine Mercy Sunday, may we grow in our faithful seeking of forgiveness through the sacrament of penance!

Alzheimer’s: Is it Good for the Soul? What an opportunity - while we still have the presence of mind to seek absolution for our own transgressions. On this, Divine Mercy Sunday, may we grow in our faithful seeking of forgiveness through the sacrament of penance!

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